Lights and Shadows

A Preliminary Assessment of the Promises, Plans, Pronouncements, and First Moves of the Duterte Administration from the Perspective of Catholic Social Teaching



This document  is the product of discussions of staff members of the John J. Carroll Institute on Church and Social Issues (JJCICSI) and two faculty members of the Ateneo de Manila University, Benjamin T. Tolosa Jr., Ph.D., and Philip Arnold P. Tuaño, Ph.D., in the first seven weeks of the Duterte administration. It assesses promises, plans, campaign  pronouncements, more recent pronouncements, and first moves of the Duterte administration from the perspective of eight principles of Catholic social teaching (CST) identified by the Second Plenary Council of the Philippines (PCP-II). This assessment is meant as a starting point for discussion and discernment for Catholics and Catholic groups reflecting on how they should relate to the new administration.

Under each Catholic social principle are areas in which the Duterte administration’s plans, promises, pronouncements, and initial moves seem consistent with that principle, and therefore potential common ground with the Church; and areas in which these might have consequences at odds with that principle, and in which public contestation may be a legitimate response.

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